Originally Posted by Mike Butny
I'm really concerned about the fan noise, I really like a quiet projector. Did the new firmware lower the iris and fan noise? Did u notice the slower color wheel, does it show up in degraded pictured quality? I'm thinking about upgrading to a 120 inch screen to take advantage of the W6000 brightness and to set the projector back further to from the listening position. I guess my main concern if the noise factor.
If you really need your quiet, then the W6000 might be a bit too loud for you.
Then again, maybe not. In my previous room, I had it mounted about 3 feet above the couch and 3 feet behind. There, it was a trifle too noticeable, but only during quiet scenes. Now with the new room, it's about 2 feet above the couch and 6 feet behind, and it's fine.
I have firmware 1.01. With the DB tweaks mentioned earlier, iris noise is reduced but not eliminated. The latest fw is 1.02, but I believe the DB is the same with that.
Having acoustically absorbent surfaces or shelving around the pj helps a bit.
Picture-wise, if you're used to the "look" of the W5000, then the W6000 is much the same. For me, RBE is slightly more noticeable, but only if I go to the trouble of looking for it.
Admittedly, the 0.95 chip does make a very slight difference, but the W6000 makes up for it in other departments and is really as sharp as it gets. More than sharp enough for films. Graphics are pin-sharp.
I also briefly had borrowed an Optoma HD87 (HD8600) between the two Benqs.
It's a much more expensive DC3 with a slightly more "refined" picture, deeper black level and better native
contrast, but the W6000 is sharper and brighter with a much better dynamic iris.
A 2nd hand or refurbished W20000 might be worth considering. It'll be DC3 with marginally better contrast, but will be dimmer, and the DB will be inferior and not tweakable.
I considered this too, and am glad I went with the W6000.
What other contenders are there, in your case?